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Housing, homelessness, poverty among top issues for people in BC: poll

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Housing, homelessness, and poverty are among the top concerns of British Columbians, according to a new Insights West poll.

Half of those surveyed in the “BC Government Report Card” identify those items as their top issues, a 15-point jump since May. Mario Canseco with Insights West says Millennials are the most concerned about these issues.

“These are residents who really like the cities where they live and they want to establish a family and maybe buy a place. And they’re having many, many difficulties trying to stay in the place where they are stalling or in the place where they grew up.”

(Source: Insights West)

Canseco adds the only other time he’s seen such overwhelming backing for a focus on specific issues was at the height of the economic crisis back in 2008.

“We had more than 50 per cent of residents saying that economy and jobs was the number one issue,” he recalls. “But we’ve never seen anything like this for any other issue.”

The survey also finds 53 per cent approve of the job Premier John Horgan and his NDP government are doing, up one point from August.